Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh): Saharanpur police Wednesday filed First Information Report (FIR) against husband and in laws of a local Muslim woman who wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi pleading with him to abolish "Triple Talaq".
In her letter sent to Prime Minister Modi, three-month pregnant Shagufta alleged that her in-laws were pressurising her to go for abortion, while her husband had verbally divorced her over the issue and threw her out of the house.
According to PTI, Shagufta's husband Shamshad, brothers in law Naushad, Zafar Ali and Iliyas have been booked for making attempt to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth under IPC section 315 and other related offences.
The woman has been sent for medical examination, a police official said.
"I wrote a letter to PM Modi requesting #TripleTalaq to be abolished, I voted for him, I hope I now get justice", Shagufta Shah said according to news agency ANI.
In her letter, Shagufta said she was married to Shamshad, resident of Budhakheda village, five years ago. They had two daughters which had angered her in-laws who wanted her to abort her three-month old foetus, fearing she may again give birth to a girl.
She claimed that she was assaulted by her in-laws and husband, who gave her 'triple talaq' (verbal divorce) after which she was left on road to die.
The development came a day after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) urged the Supreme Court of India not to bring any change in the existing practice. The board even urged the Apex Court to quash the pending petitions against concurrent Triple Talaq.
The next hearing in the Supreme Court on the matter is on Thursday.
The Apex Court had earlier said it would pronounce a judgement on the petitions before May 11. The court had earlier made it clear that it is looking on the issue only on humanitarian angle and religious perspective of the issue is not under its consideration.
Differences over triple talaq dates back to the era of second Caliph Omar (RA) who was the first person to make it valid, though Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and first Caliph Abu Bakr (RA) were strictly opposed to it.
In recent years owing to the problems women are facing due to the misuse of triple talaq by husbands, a majority of Islamic States basing their decision on the ruling of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) abolished concurrent triple talaq in their respective countries.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in India however remains adamant on its stand, despite a strong demand for an immediate amendment, which is also supported by its own members, and does not agree to any change.
Even as the Supreme Court was hearing the petitions against triple talaq, the Bahrtiya Janata Party (BJP) made it an election issue in the UP state election, promising the Muslim women to abolish the practice if it won the elections.